Los Alamos National Laboratory Computing Systems Professional 3/4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Computing Systems Professional 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Computing Systems Professional (CSP) 3 ($87,800 - $144,800)

As a part of the Network Services Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, you will provide first class support to over ten thousand employees, students and contractors. Through your efforts, the general public will benefit from your skill and attention to detail. You'll bring your particular strengths and a reliable engineer perspective to a range of challenges that could include the following:

  • Designing and developing a new service or customer interface.

  • Provisioning and configuring the servers and applications behind institutional services.

  • Adding new monitoring and measuring key metrics to better understand a process.

  • Working with various support teams to provide timely solutions for end-user problems.

  • Improving automation and analyzing workflows.

  • Designing, specifying, and developing solutions for complex heterogeneous computing infrastructure.

Computing Systems Professional (CSP) 4 ($96,600 - $161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the CSP 4 duties include:

  • Participating in activities that demonstrate a subject matter expertise in the area of Linux systems administration and programming.

  • Performing research and development to identify and implement applicable emerging technologies in the Laboratory computing environment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Computing Systems Professional 3:

  • Proficiency in provisioning, administering and using modern Unix/Linux operating systems.

  • Strong knowledge of shell scripting and at least one programming language, preferably Python.

  • Practical knowledge of TCP/IP networking and troubleshooting connectivity issues.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including documentation for peers and end-users.

Additional Job Requirements for Computing Systems Professional 4:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Computing Systems Professional 4 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience in a production environment supporting enterprise wide essential services like DNS, DHCP, IP address management, LDAP, authentication, firewalls, file transfer, network access control and proxies.

  • Demonstrated experience in a production environment supporting essential services and 100+ servers.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems in creative and effective ways.

  • Proven ability to provide technical leadership to colleagues and customers.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated commitment to centralized configuration management and automation, preferably with Puppet.

  • Experience supporting high availability solutions such as load balancing, clustering, or fail-over mechanisms.

  • Database, web server, web applications design and administration experience, including Apache, MySQL, Postgres, Sybase, PHP.

  • Experience using Juniper, Pulse Secure, NetApp, Infoblox and other proprietary operating systems and devices.

  • Solid understanding of network protocols and ability to use diagnostic tools appropriately.

  • Red Hat training or certification.


  • Computing Systems Professional 3: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years’ related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, applicable advanced vendor and/or professional certification is desirable.

  • Computing Systems Professional 4: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of twelve years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, advanced vendor and/or professional certifications are highly desirable and post graduate course work may be expected.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the qualifications for this position.

  • Occasional overtime is required. Participation in a 24-hour on-call support rotation is optional.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package that offers health coverage for you and your eligible family members today and retirement plans for a brighter tomorrow. A healthy workforce is paramount to a successful organization. We offer an incentivized wellness plan and preventive care to encourage and reward good basic health choices. Also, for your financial wellness, we provide a tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan, with a company match and service based contribution.

The Network and Infrastructure Engineering (NIE) Division provides network infrastructure and services, production systems, and telephony services.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-1683

Contact Name: Tedder, Billie Jo (BJ)

Organization Name: NIE-IS/Infrastructure Services

Email: bjtedder@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computing Systems Professional 3/4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC64197